Colloquium: Tomomi Adachi


Thursday, September 24th, 4:30 p.m.
MacLean Center, 112 S. Michigan Ave., room 522

History of Japanese Avant-garde Art
Adachi will talk about history of Japanese Avant-garde art/music with rare visual and audio documentations. It focuses on especially Japanese Dada movement in 1920s and post-Cage/para-Cage movement, electronic music and concrete poetry in 1960s.

Tomomi Adachi's Works
Adachi will introduce his wide range outputs. Self-made instruments, choir, site-specific compositions, experimental notations and more recent projects includes MAVOtek and "The People's United Telepathic Improvisation Front".

Tomomi Adachi, born in Kanazawa, Japan in 1972, is performer, composer, sound poet, installation artist, occasional theater director. He studied philosophy and aesthetics at Waseda University in Tokyo. He has played improvised music with voice, live electronics and self-made instruments. He had composed works for his own group "Adachi Tomomi Royal Chorus" which is a punk-style choir. He has performed contemporary music: vocal, live-electronics or performance works by John Cage, Cornelius Cardew, Christian Wolff, Tom Johnson, Dieter Schnebel, TAKAHASHI Yuji, YUASA Joji and Fluxus including world premiere and Japan premiere as Cage's "Variations VII," "Europera 5," and "Waterwalk". He is the only performer of sound poetry in Japan and has performed Kurt Schwitters' "Ursonate" for the first time in Japan. He has made several sound installations and original instruments (e.g."Tomomin", his hand made electric instrument is familiar with many musicians). In the field of theater music, he has collaborated with some experimental theaters and dancers. He also has organized many concerts which picks up experimental music, sound art, collaboration work and inter-disciplinary performance in Japan and Germany, include concerts with Chris Mann, Trevor Wishart, Nicolas Collins and STEIM in Japan. He founded "Ensemble for Experimental Music and Theater" with his students in Tokyo in 2011, the group is working for pieces by Fluxus and recent conceptual composers.

Recently, he is focusing his activities on solo performance (with voice, sensors, computer, self-made instruments), sound poetry (especially to the unknown great Japanese sound poetry tradition), video installation and workshop style big ensemble with non-professional voices and instruments. Currently living in Berlin and Tokyo.